ONE UP IN BEEFY, passionate red and nightlife black,
Strip House delivers on its double-entendre name with
top-quality steaks and romanticized strip-joint decor
by top designer David Rockwell. Pin lights dramatically illuminate the crimson booths as well as framed glossies of Jersey
icons like Sinatra, Streep, Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Einstein and
even Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange. Large reproductions
of 1930s Viennese art photos of scantily-clad models in glamorous poses tilt the balance toward chic.
The concept comes from a Manhattan family that knows
its celebs and its steak. Penny and Peter Glazier and their son
Matthew own and operate this Strip House, in Livingston’s
Westminster Hotel, along with a Strip House in Key West,
Florida, and Michael Jordan’s the Steak House in Manhattan’s
Grand Central Terminal, all designed by Rockwell.
“We wanted Strip House to convey that steak houses don’t
have to be brawny, masculine clubhouses for good ol’ boys,”
Penny Glazier told me in a phone call following my visits. “We
were going for a sexy, fun concept that would appeal to men
and women both. But for our menu, we wanted a classic New
York steak house. That didn’t need to be tweaked.”
Indeed, Strip House serves the best beef I’ve tasted in New
Jersey in my six years of reviewing for NJM. All of it is corn-fed
Nebraska and Kansas USDA Prime from the Glaziers’ longtime
supplier, Prime Food on Long Island. The steaks are wet aged in
Cryovac vacuum packs for 21 days, then removed from the plas-
FOOD: Steaks, chops, seafood
AMBIENCE: Burlesque lounge
SERVICE: Very good, with occasional
WINE LIST: California-centric, adventurous, some good values
DINNER FOR TWO: $150
HOURS: Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 5: 30 to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday,
5: 30 to 10: 30 PM; Sunday, 5 to 9 PM. Lunch:
Monday through Friday, noon to 2: 30 PM.
AX, D, DC, MC, V, ;
Westminster Hotel, 550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue (Route 10), Livingston
STRIP, NO TEASE
At Strip House, the wet-aged, prime steaks star, with
strong support from side dishes and “naughty” decor.
BOFFO BEEF: A server slices
the 40-ounce porterhouse.
The interior, left, by noted
designer David Rockwell,
intends “to be accessible to
women as well as men,” says
co-owner Penny Glazier.